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On 23 January 2024 45 Bowyers' enjoyed a marvellous Court and Livery dinner at Cutlers' Hall.
The Master, Mr Nigel Heilpern, welcomed the Master Cutler and those gathered to 'the historic and splendid surroundings' of Cutlers' Hall and passed thanks for the 'tremendous fellowship and hospitality' that the Bowyers' always enjoy at Cutlers' Hall. The Master spoke of a shared heritage amongst the Warrior Companies and the historical location of Bowyers' Hall.
The Bowyers assembled for the annual Poitiers Lecture at Truckles in Pied Bull Yard entitled "How the Bowyers got started in the 14th Century" led by past Master Tony Kench (2016 – 2018). This is a follow on from Tony's previous talk in 2022 about the Finsbury Marks, and it was just as well received.
The Bowyers were delighted to celebrate the battle of Agincourt at our annual white tie banquet on 25th October 2023. We like to hold the banquet as close as we can to the actual anniversary, and this year we did so on the day itself.
The arms of the Company were granted by Sir Thomas Holme, Clarenceux King of Arms on 10 November 1488. The main charge is the 'flote' which was a device for planing and smoothing the bow stave. The chevron has no special meaning but is simply to separate the 'flotes' in the design. It is commonly found at this time in arms granted to corporations, livery companies and others. Likewise, so far as we know the mullets are merely decorative.
The Crest of three bows may represent the product in use and ties up neatly with the motto: Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt.
The Supporters were granted in July 1996. The dexter is a representative of a medieval bowyer in the livery of his Company (black and white) holding a 'flote' as one of the tools of his trade. The sinister, a representation of an archer of the time of Agincourt symbolises the product in use.
The supporters stand upon a green mound which is strewn with pointed stakes set at an angle such as were used by the archers at Agincourt as a defence against cavalry.